Another day, another lineup

Reds fans seem to complain a lot this season about Dusty Baker’s constantly changing lineup, which is something I really don’t understand. Obviously, running the same eight players out every day is preferred by most managers — when their team is 100 percent healthy.

Considering the Reds haven’t had their entire regular lineup healthy except for 10 games this year — mixing and matching has been pretty much a neccessity, especially when scoring runs hasn’t come easy.

By the way, today is Baker’s 60th different lineup in 77 games this season.

Taveras 8
Hairston 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Hanigan 2
Dickerson 9
Janish 6
Harang 1

Several players got days off, notably Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez – although the manager had a different take on that.

“You can look at it as a couple of guys getting days on,” Baker said. “We’re trying to do the best we can down this stretch here trying to win every game.”

This marked Chris Dickerson’s first start in right field this season and it came against a left-handed starter in Doug Davis. At the beginning of the season, seeing Dickerson start vs. a lefty would have been more stunning. He’s batting .217 vs. lefties overall.

“Dickerson is hot and he’s been hitting lefties pretty good,” Baker said. “Janish has been playing a lot more than he has been. Gomes has been hot, especially against lefties (.417 vs. LHP). It gives me quite a few options off the bench. When you’re off, you’re not really off. You’re on call.”

Hernandez didn’t mind getting a break even though he came into today batting .421 (8-for-19) during a five-game hitting streak.

“It’s always good when you’re rested,” Hernandez said. “We have a really good catcher that can play and does his job very well. So definitely, when they give you a day like that, you know he’s going to do the best also.”

Hernandez hit a leadoff double in the fifth inning on Wednesday and didn’t slide into second base on a pretty close play. He runs slowly to begin with but he appeared to be really laboring on the bases.

“He hadn’t been catching much and all of sudden he’s bending down again,” Baker said. “He’s had a little nagging knee and wrist [injuries]. Ramon is going to give you all he’s got. It may not look like it but he is.”

There’s a reason Hernandez didn’t slide, and it didn’t involve any injury.

“I just tripped, it’s funny stuff,” Hernandez said. “I was cramping a little bit but that’s it.”

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2 Comments

I’ll admit, I’m one of those complainers. But, it’s the start of July and we’re an even .500. I guess I should lay off on the complaining…

wow what an amazing game today. Joey Votto showing once again why he should be an all star. Jay Bruce may be struggling with the bat but dang he is looking more and more like the best right fielder in all of baseball. At least you better not try to advance on a sacrifice fly on a ball hit to him no matter how fast you are.

My biggest complaint right now about the Reds lineup is Baker’s constantly putting Taveras at the top of the lineup and Forcing Dickerson either to the bench or not playing at all. Gomes was hot now he is not probably from not getting enough playing time. Baker needs to access who is a starter and who is a backup give em that label and force him to change that label by how well they play when they get a chance to. Dickerson in particular has proven that he is a starter.

I just wonder based upon Baker’s use of Taveras and Gonzalez earlier this season how long he is going to force Hairston and others to the bench once Encarnacion comes back. I mean if Encarnacion is hitting near the .200 maker and isn’t delivering in the clutch what is Baker going to do? Is he going to force two cold hitters in the lineup because they started the season as the official starters? Baker needs to play his hot hand.
I actually liked todays lineup aside from the location of Taveras in the lineup that guy should be batting 8th or 9th in the lineup. Personally I’d bat him 9th until he proves to me that he can hit better than the pitcher.

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